View Full Version : Do YOU guys use the 'outdated' slice bh?

Apr 17th, 2003, 10:22 AM
Just wanted to create a poll and see how many of you dudes use slice (almost exclusively) on one wing?I used to have a two-handed topspin bh until about midway through 2002 and switched to a slice bh.

I know at my level its helped a great deal cos it makes you more patient and use better shot selection, whilst at the same time the variation makes it hard for people of my standard to deal with it ;)...I also think the slice bh is a more beautiful shot

ive noticed few people use it now(wish more female pros would), and alot of the coaches dont advocate its use... :confused:

Apr 17th, 2003, 10:24 AM
"it makes you more patient"

it does? :confused:

Apr 17th, 2003, 10:27 AM
I use sometimes only slice beckhand . I have two handed flat beckhand but i use slice to change rhythm and of course when i don't have time to use two handed beckhand .

Apr 17th, 2003, 10:28 AM
well the slice backhand is a defensive shot with which you most certainly hit less winners. It makes you have to hit more balls to win a rally and definately that can help make you patient...you are much less inclined and not on the position to finish the point as quickly as you can with a topspin/flat drive

Apr 17th, 2003, 10:37 AM
I have a very onorthodox style of play, I use a 2-handed forehand and a 1-handed backhand.
And yes, I sometimes slice my backhand, but usually I hit it with spin or flat.

Apr 17th, 2003, 10:42 AM
i usually use a one handed top spin backhand but occasionally i use the slice or the two handed backhand. it depends on who i'm playing.

Apr 17th, 2003, 10:44 AM
i only use it defensively. if you think thats outdated you should try the sliced forehand!

Apr 17th, 2003, 10:52 AM
I use my slice when I'm in the defensive or to play a stop. But the most time I play with my double handed backhand because it's the strongest part in my game.

Apr 17th, 2003, 11:11 AM
actually on occassion i use the slice backhand or the slice forehand to lob someone.

Apr 17th, 2003, 11:33 AM
I have a double handed backhand but am happy enough to use the slice for approach shots or when I'm pushed out wide on that side. I tend to use it more when I have to play those up and coming junior players in tournaments or league matches as they are so used to drilling the ball at each other in juniors that they don't know what to make of a sliced shot.

Apr 17th, 2003, 11:33 AM
i use it quite a lot because for white city in badge on grass. i have actually reached the point where i hit it alot of the time because it keeps so low. i go between the two handed the slice though because i change my backhand style almost ever week.

Apr 17th, 2003, 02:34 PM

Apr 17th, 2003, 03:41 PM
When I began playing I used a two-handed, topspin backhand. I had a lot of lessons when I was a kid in the late 70's and everybody was teaching the two hander. I continued to play double handed in high school when I was on the tennis team (I was 7th out of 11 players...eek!). Then somtime around the mid-eighties I quit using two hands and switched to a single handed back hand. I began with the slice and eventually mastered a topspin and flat stroke. I was so in love with Hana Mandlikova and her beautiful game and I tried to model my strokes after her's and McEnroe's. I even bought a Wilson Jack Kramer, just like Hana and John. Then Steffi and Gaby came along and they became my role models. (Of course I switched to a Dunlop Max 200G racket, just like Steffi and John) It is wierd, but when I am playing I imagine them in my mind and the way they stroke the ball. For quite a while I had a killer topspin backhand, but now I hit mostly slice. My forehand is quite good but I prefer to slice, dice, cut and chop my backhand in a rally. I love to hit low biting slice that gives my opponent much more trouble than a hard forehand drive.

Slice backhands are just so incredibly beautiful and satisfying. Not sure why. :p

Apr 17th, 2003, 03:49 PM
I love to use my slice backhand !

guess why ? ;)

Apr 17th, 2003, 03:52 PM
Slice backhands are just so incredibly beautiful and satisfying. Not sure why. :p

I know what you mean !!! :D :bounce:

Apr 17th, 2003, 04:28 PM
I use sometimes only slice beckhand . I have two handed flat beckhand but i use slice to change rhythm and of course when i don't have time to use two handed beckhand .

Exctly what he said!!!

I use it also when the other players is starting to get ahead in the rally, just to get his rythm off.

Apr 17th, 2003, 05:17 PM
I use it quite a bit, as my backhand topspin either 2 handed or one handed in quite pron to break-down (though can be bloody brillant!!) so I know if I use slice it will be a solid shot that the opponent can't really do much with. With that I tend to use it as my normal backhand and just have the top spin for when i am in really good positions to hit it for a winner. I can also move the ball around the court a lot better using the slice.

Apr 17th, 2003, 05:28 PM
I love to hit low biting slice that gives my opponent much more trouble than a hard forehand drive

I totally agree plus sometimes im too lazy/tired to hit the drives, and wanna conserve energy ...its fun watching them exerting all that energy;)

its fun when u play someone with more power and repetitively slice until you get an opening then pounding the ball which totally deceives them :devil:

Jippo McScally
Apr 17th, 2003, 06:02 PM
I hardly hit bh slices. I do if:
*The ball is short(like a drop shot)
*Approach shot
*If i'm in a defensive position
I have a very consistent game, and I dont really trust my slice BH much, so I dont use it!

Apr 17th, 2003, 06:04 PM
Oooh, I like to slice balls with my bh!! I have a 2 handed bh, but sometimes I just can't resist to slice with a 1 hander. I love the motion and the effect on the ball :D

Apr 17th, 2003, 06:07 PM
I use a one-handed backhand. Often, I will include BH slice to change the pace or to allow myself to get back into a point.

Apr 17th, 2003, 06:18 PM
There is nothing outdated about the slice backhand. Granted, it is not as widely used these days, especially, among juniors but it is a beautiful and effective shot when used in appropriate situations. I use it fairly often to add variety to my one-handed topspin b/h.

Apr 17th, 2003, 06:24 PM
outdated..i get my ass beat on a regular basis because of the slice...the guys i play with have wicked low slices...with wicked spin...it drives me nuts and I hate having no pace...

i do know how to slice however, but I don't use it often...mosly when I'm pulled out wide

Apr 17th, 2003, 08:34 PM
I slice a lot. :)
I have (had) quite a good two-handed backhand. But as I'm not playing very often right now, it sucks big time. So I use the one-handed slice a lot, it usually works even without practice. In tight situations I also play slice, I just feel safer then.
And it's a 'lazy' shot, as you don't need good positioning for it. :p

I also use forehand-slice, mainly on short balls and to approach.

Apr 17th, 2003, 09:18 PM
I have a up and down two handed topspin backhand that I always use. But in tight situations or when I'm just being killed hitting the two-hander, I automatically use the slice. Some matches, cuz of low confidence levels, I use it almost exclusively, then it starts to float all over the place, then I start to scream and cuss my stupid hands, cause they aren't 'cutting' the ball the right way! :mad:

But generally, on low balls that just refuse to come up (I don't know how Jason does it hitting an apparent topspin forehand!) I use the slice.

Graf did it the best! Yeah Novotna too

Apr 17th, 2003, 09:22 PM
I've never heard anyone say it was 'outdated'. It's just VERY hard to do with a two-handed backhanded. And since a LOT of players use a two-handed backhand, the slice has fallen out of favor. You notice though, that Serena uses a one-handed slice backhand, even though she grew up using a two-hander.

Then again, being neither old nor a dog, I guess it's easy for her to learn new tricks.

Apr 17th, 2003, 09:24 PM
I have never had a very good slice bh. But I am very strong believer that of any shot in the book, the backhand slice is the most dangerous against a power player on a surface with a low bounce.

Apr 17th, 2003, 09:30 PM
I have a pretty wicked slice backhand that usually comes through with a lot of pace and causes all sorts of trouble. It's also my most reliable shot. I do damage with my forehand, but my slice backhand rarely falters. Where it gets me in trouble is on those days when I'm not hitting all the way through it and it kind of sits up pretty waiting to be smacked back, either for a clean winner or to put me in an impossible defensive situation. On the whole though, it's one of my best shots.

Apr 17th, 2003, 09:53 PM
Jem,you're in the ATL?!?

Wanna play sometime?

Apr 17th, 2003, 09:54 PM
I like my flat two-hander...but sometimes i'm too lazy to get down low for it, so i go for a one-hand slice ;) It works pretty well most of the time

Apr 17th, 2003, 10:01 PM
My main problem is that, once I start using the slice regularly in a match, I can't stop. I find it very hard to go back to my two-handed backhand (even when I would really need it).
And after an hour of constant slicing, I start to make errors. :(

Apr 18th, 2003, 05:17 AM
I used to have 2handed backhand but once I tried slicing my backhand, I found it great and so, I couldn't stop slicing every single ball. Midcourt balls doesn't count [I'd go hit the bang on those balls] :)

Slice is, to say, classic. ;)

Apr 18th, 2003, 05:23 AM
I don't think that I slice enough! I have a nice slice backhand, I just need to actually use it more often! My two handed backhand is my most consistent and hardest shot though

Apr 18th, 2003, 09:10 AM
The thing I don't like about slice is, if you screw up with it, your opponent gets a REALLY easy shot to hit, and if they handle a difficult slice, its easy for them to hit an approach shot off slice. At least, that's what happens when I play. I start using it to play safe and the next thing I know they're all over me, and I've forgotten how to topspin.

It's really against people who don't like to run. Just slice a bad drop shot, then lob over their head. They'll get it back, but everyone hates going to net, then having to go back to the baseline. So that's kinda fun.

King Lindsay
Apr 18th, 2003, 11:49 AM
cannot hit a two hand backhand to save my life. Have a very iffy topspin one-hander. I slice my ass off to compensate for this. :) The slice is my natural shot, and I'm very good at that most of the time. Of course, better players can pick on it, since a) it's not a power shot and b) it needs more time to hit than a topspin backhand. But nothing's better than getting off a wicked slice that curves a foot to right of where it landed. ;)

Apr 18th, 2003, 12:06 PM
I don't have a slice backhand cos i can't do it but i don have a sliced forehand which i use quite a bit to come to net!